NEWS | July 24, 2015

Justice Files: Involuntary Administrative Discharges (June 2015)

By Robert Yancey 628th Air Base Wing Legal Office

The below Airmen of Joint Base Charleston referred to below were involuntarily discharged for conduct that demonstrated a lack of potential for further service during the month of June 2015. 

Members discharged from their current enlistment with a less than fully Honorable service characterization are not entitled to receive educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill or the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The three types of service characterizations that can be received upon discharge are:  Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions (General), and Under Other than Honorable Conditions. 

An Honorable service characterization means the member has generally met the Air Force standards of acceptable conduct and performance of duty.  Each member should strive to meet and exceed the standards of acceptable performance and conduct in order to receive an Honorable discharge. 

An Under Honorable Conditions (General) service characterization is warranted when significant negative aspects of an Airman's conduct or performance of duty outweigh positive aspects of the Airman's military record. 

The least favorable involuntary administrative discharge is an Under Other Than Honorable Conditions (UOTHC) service characterization.  A discharge with a UOTHC service characterization reflects that a member's personal conduct fell significantly below acceptable military standards. 

Members receiving a service characterization of less than an Honorable discharge may find their veteran's benefits denied either in whole or in part and may face substantial prejudice when applying for civilian employment.   

437th Aerial Port Squadron
An airman first class was involuntarily discharged for minor disciplinary infractions after receiving four Letters of Reprimand and three Letters of Counseling for writing worthless checks with an intent to deceive, dereliction of duty, making false official statements, unauthorized absence and dormitory inspection failures.  The member received an Under Honorable Conditions (General) service characterization, which deprives the member of substantially all service connected benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.


437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
An airman first class was involuntarily discharged for failure to meet minimum fitness standards after failing four fitness assessments within 24 months.  The member was unable to show significant improvement despite a mandatory conditioning period and did not have any medical conditions precluding the achievement of a passing score in non-exempt portions of the assessment.  The member received an Honorable service characterization.

628th Medical Support Squadron
An airman first class was involuntarily discharged for drug abuse after wrongfully using marijuana.  The member received an Under Honorable Conditions (General) service characterization which deprives the member of substantially all service connected benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.